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Confusion As Mexico Delays Reopening Manufacturing Two Weeks Impacting US Automakers

The U.S. automotive industry relies heavily on Mexico to create the parts necessary to create the cars. COVID-19 shuttered the factories in Mexico and the result has been a delay in the production of vehicles in the U.S. It now seems that U.S. automakers will have to wait even longer.

Earlier this week, news broke that Mexico was reopening manufacturing to prop up the U.S. automakers.

Mexico’s COVID-19 epidemic is still growing. There have been more than 42,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in Mexico resulting in more than 4,000 deaths in the North American country. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been criticized for his lack of a response to the crisis.

When the AMLO administration responded, one of the decisions was to shutdown nonessential businesses. This announcement immediately affected manufacturing as factories and breweries were shutdown to slow the spread of the virus.

Now, confusion is spreading through the automotive industry following an announcement from Mexico.

Mexico had originally announced that manufacturing would be reopening this week. The announcement signaled some much-needed supplies and production to prop up U.S. carmakers. Carmakers have been halted since the coronavirus began to spread throughout the U.S.

The confusion came when the Mexican government posted guidelines to reopening its economy and said manufacturing can begin on June 1. The Mexican government chose that start date to give factories a chance to implement safety regulations.

It is uncertain how much of an impact a two-week delay from Mexico would impact carmakers in the U.S.

The General Motors website boasts a change to the way of doing business to help fight the spread of COVID-19 while protecting workers. The automotive company has set forth policies aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and through the workforce.

According to a guide posted to the GM website, there is a 4-step approach to reentering the facilities for all employees. Employees will have to fill out questionnaires and practice physical distancing while returning to the factories. GM will be doing temperature screenings of employees to make sure those with fevers are kept from the facility. Mask will be required for all of the employees while in the factories and new signage in the facilities will detail new health guidelines to manage the spread of the virus.

U.S. carmakers are still unsure about what will happen Monday when U.S.-based factories reopen.

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American automotive factories are reopening on Monday as states begin reopening their economies. COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in the U.S. Governors who have rushed reopenings have seen new death and infection rate records. Texas recently saw its deadliest day on record two weeks after reopening the state against health guidelines.

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Police Brutality Protests Intensify Following Autopsy Of Mexican Who Died In Police Custody

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Police Brutality Protests Intensify Following Autopsy Of Mexican Who Died In Police Custody

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Protests against police brutality have sprung up around the world. People are tired of police departments killing unarmed citizens and the latest unrest is coming from Mexico after a man was killed by police after being arrested.

Mexican protests against police brutality intensified this week.

Protesters took to the streets through Jalisco to protest the death of Giovanni López at the hands of the police. The 24-year-old was allegedly arrested for not wearing a face mask on May 4 in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, Jalisco, near Guadalajara. An autopsy of López revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head prompting protests against police brutality.

A video of the arrest has been spreading all over social media showing López being arrested by a group of police officers.

People at the scene and in the video are shocked at the force used in the arrest. Multiple police officers can be seen surrounding López as they attempt to put him in the police car. The police officers can be heard degrading López and those defending him during the arrest.

“Vanni, we’re coming for you,” a man is heard saying.

“Shut up, you p*ssy,” a police officer responds.

López can be heard begging for help as the police apprehended him.

According to the video, police claim that López was resisting arrest to justify the police presence at the arrest. There are unsubstantiated allegations of government-backed attempts to bribe López’s family for their silence.

López’s death sparked intense protests in Mexico demanding justice and police accountability.

#JusticiaParaGiovanni demonstrations, centralized in Jalisco, cropped up after the autopsy was released. There were already Black Lives Matter protests happening in Mexico to show support for the U.S. movement. López’s death amplified that anger and the result is violent protests.

One video circulating on social media shows a police officer being set on fire.

State Prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solís claims that López was arrested for “aggressive behavior” but the family disputes that claim. Mexicans have long had a contentious relationship with law enforcement, many of which have been trained by U.S. forces.

“There are long histories of police brutality in both countries,” Tom Long, an expert on Mexican security at the University of Warwick, told The Guardian. “[Militarization] is a recipe for police violence, particularly aimed at those with the fewest monetary and societal resources to hold (them) accountable.”

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Latino Homes Are Experiencing The Highest Rate Of The Worst COVID-19 Symptoms

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Latino Homes Are Experiencing The Highest Rate Of The Worst COVID-19 Symptoms

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COVID-19 is still a threat to the U.S. The country is experiencing a sudden spike two weeks after Americans defied social distancing rules and gathered in mass for Memorial Day. Latino households are experiencing a higher number of cases with severe symptoms and the rising cases are troubling the community.

Latino households are experiencing some of the worst COVID-19 cases.

A new analysis from USA Today found that Latino households are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms at higher rates. According to a study of more than 1.6 million people, Latinos, by and large, said they have experienced the symptoms tied to COVID-19. These symptoms include difficulty breathing, loss of taste, and coughing.

“Data is now emerging that matches the reality that we’re seeing,” Clarissa Martínez de Castro, deputy vice president of UnidosUS, told USA Today. “There are lots of factors at play, but among the biggest is the overrepresentation of Latinos in front-line jobs that don’t allow working from home.”

This a trend that health experts have seen within Latino communities in major cities.

Latino and Black communities have been devastated by COVID-19. The communities have been disproportionately affected by the virus with death rates higher than the population statistics in various states. Fears of discrimination and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests have prevented Latinos from seeking medical care long before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Public charge was just the latest thing,” Dr. Daniel Correa, a neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center, told NBC News. “There was already a lot of apprehension in the community before the pandemic. We were seeing concerns regarding public services, and in health care we were already seeing a decrease in public visits.”

These statistics come along the backdrop of Latinos facing the steepest financial and employment impact of any other group.

Latino households have faced the most job losses of any other demographic in the U.S. because of COVID-19. The job losses have compounded problems for the Latino community as DACA recipients and undocumented people are not eligible for federal government aid, despite paying billions in taxes.

According to Unidos US, 5.3 million out of 27.8 million Latinos in the U.S. are out of work giving Latinos the highest unemployment rate. Unemployment within the Latino community is 18.9 percent. The current national unemployment rate is 13.3 after the U.S. added 2.5 million jobs in May as states reopen.

The current job numbers are being celebrated by the Trump administration as a signal that the pandemic economic toll is ending. However, the current unemployment rate is higher than any point since the Great Depression and most jobs added are part-time jobs. The large portion of part-time employment has left some skeptical about the stability of the economic recovery.

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